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Current challenges in telemedicine
Author(s): Toral Patel
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Paper Abstract

There are a number of challenges that have to be addressed before full-scale implementation of telemedicine technologies can be achieved. These challenges include cost and resource concerns, technical issues, legal issues, lack of awareness of telemedicine and, previously unsuccessful trials using telemedicine technology. This paper will address these challenges and suggest ways in which they can be overcome. The "MEDASHIP" project is an example of the highly beneficial potential that telemedicine can have providing that the challenges referred to in the first part of this paper are addressed. "MEDASHIP" ("Medical Assistance for Ships") is a European Commission co-funded project of 1 8 months duration running under the TEN-Telecom programme of the Directorate General for the Information Society. The project will result in the formation of a European company that will supply integrated solutions for medical consultations on board passenger ships, cruise ships and merchant vessels. The MEDASHIP project aims to address the wide disparities that still exist between the medical care available to European citizens when working or travelling at sea and that available on land as well as to increase the competitiveness of the European cruise industry as compared to American flagged-vessels, which are already using the improved standards of medical care available to passengers through telemedicine as a crucial tool in marketing their cruises.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4912, Applications of Broadband Optical and Wireless Networks, (26 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.480630
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Toral Patel, Avienda Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4912:
Applications of Broadband Optical and Wireless Networks
Georgi Graschew; Peter M. Schlag, Editor(s)

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